This article was originally written by Tom Smyth at the Rival GW in March 2016.
NORRISTOWN, Pa.– The premiere of the true crime anthology series “American Crime Story,” which this season centers on the O.J. Simpson trial, has given newfound hope to accused serial rapist Bill Cosby for a possible return to television.
Cosby had filmed a comedy special for Netflix and was developing a new NBC sitcom as a part of a planned return to television. However, when several sexual assault accusations against Cosby resurfaced in 2014, the projects were cancelled and Cosby’s planned comeback appeared to be over.
However, with the successful premiere of “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson,” a new opportunity has emerged that would allow the defamed comedian to appear on television once more.
Being that each season of the series will focus on a different crime, the program would be the ideal platform to document the accusations against Cosby, as well as his upcoming trial.
If the series were to go into development, it is likely it would feature key characters in the saga such as Hannibal Buress, Gloria Allred, and the 59 women who have currently come forward. This could of course create some serious casting complications for the series given how many roles there are, not to mention that actresses are already hesitant to attend casting calls for any Cosby projects.
Cosby, best known for his hit television show, has also released several comedy albums including, “Bill Cosby Talks to Kids About Drugs,” “It’s True! It’s True!” and has also published a book entitled “Come on, People: On the Path from Victims to Victors.” [All real titles.]
If you miss seeing Cosby on reruns of “The Cosby Show” that have since been pulled off the air, be sure to keep an eye out for “American Crime Story: The People v. Bill Cosby.”